SORRENTO, FL – Crews are scheduled the nights of July 19-21 to shift the State Road (S.R.) 46 intersection at County Road (C.R.) 46A. Nightly lane closures are scheduled from 8 p.m. – 6 a.m. to allow crews to move the traffic signal about a half mile west on S.R. 46 to a new connector road. This will allow work to begin on additional portions of the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429).
The intersection and signal relocation on July 21 will coincide with closing portions of C.R. 46A. Access between S.R. 46 and C.R. 46A will remain. Electronic message boards have been placed to alert drivers, and law enforcement officers will be on site for this operation.
Wekiva Parkway Section 6 began construction on October 17, 2017. The six miles of elevated expressway will extend along the S.R. 46 corridor from the S.R. 429 interchange east of Camp Challenge Road to near Longwood-Markham Road. The project includes a non-tolled, local service road, a much higher bridge over the Wekiva River, and several wildlife bridges to allow animals to pass safely between the Seminole State Forest, Rock Springs Run State Reserve and Lower Wekiva River Preserve.
A multi-use trail with scenic overlooks at the wildlife bridges will be included along the service road on this section. Work will include connector roads between remaining sections of C.R. 46A and S.R. 46 to maintain private property access. Work is scheduled to finish in 2022. Other project information can be found at www.wekivaparkway.com. Follow the project on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates.
The $1.6 billion Wekiva Parkway will complete Central Florida’s beltway, while helping to protect the natural resources around the Wekiva River. The Florida Department of Transportation and the Central Florida Expressway Authority have opened 13 miles of the eventual 25-mile toll road. The parkway provides travel alternatives, enhances safety and reduces traffic congestion.
Environmentalists refer to the Wekiva Parkway as a good example of transportation planning through environmentally sensitive areas. Parkway development has included conserving more than 3,400 acres of land, building wildlife bridges, and a largely elevated expressway to separate vehicles and wildlife.